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Mexico Travel Checklist: Deciding what items to take with you on your vacation is an important part of planning a trip. This important decision depends on three factors;

  • The climate of your destination
  • The activities you plan to participate in
  • The duration of your trip

We have put together, a list of things you might consider packing for a trip to Mexico. This packing list for Mexico should only be used as an indication and does not claim to be exhaustive. So don’t take everything on this list at face value; Instead, determine what you will need based on the considerations mentioned above. A little planning and preparation in your luggage will leave you with plenty of time to drive wonderful memories on your trip.

Here is the Mexico travel checklist:


You should choose your type of baggage depending on the amount of luggage you are carrying and the distance you need to travel with that baggage. A hard-shell suitcase with wheels is a good idea for transiting through airports for example, but may not roll smoothly through cobblestone streets or when visiting a tourist site, you would rather choose a hiking type backpack in this case, of at least 40 liters.

Mexico Travel Checklist: THE ESSENTIALS

  • Remember to always take some cash with you
  • Don’t forget your credit and/or debit card.
  • Passport or other forms of identity
  • Your international driving license
  • Airline tickets, hotel reservation, and car rental
  • Health and travel insurance documents

If you are going to a somewhat exotic or adventurous destination like Mexico, print out the planned Itinerary of your trip, and also leave a copy with someone you trust at home.

Mexico Travel Checklist: CLOTHES AND ACCESSORIES

Don’t pack your entire wardrobe for a trip. If you want to enjoy your trip without being too crowded, make smart choices, and sort out what you want to pack. If you are visiting Mexico for two weeks, prepare your outfits for a week and reuse those clothes next week for example.

Here is a list of essentials when traveling to Mexico:

  • Swimsuit
  • Pants, jeans, and shorts
  • T-shirts, tops and blouses or dress shirts
  • Skirts or dresses
  • Pajamas
  • Belts, scarves, jewelry, and other accessories (leave your expensive jewelry at home)

Mexico Travel Checklist: SHOES

No matter where you are going, you should take comfortable walking shoes or sandals. Other shoes you might consider taking depending on your destination and planned activities include:

  • Sneakers
  • “Warm” shoes
  • Hiking boots
  • Water shoes

Mexico Travel Checklist: “WARM” CLOTHES

mexico travel checklist

  • Sweater (even if you are traveling to a hot destination, you will probably want at least a light sweater for air-conditioned spaces)
  • Light windbreaker or jacket
  • Hat or cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Rain gear if you are traveling during the rainy season


If you’re flying, you can take three-ounce bottles of liquids and gels in your carry-on baggage, the rest should be in your checked baggage.

Here is a list of some essentials to take for your toilet:

  • Hairbrush or comb
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo / conditioner
  • Makeup
  • Razors/shaving cream
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Glasses and/or contact lenses and solution
  • Tampons or sanitary napkins
  • Insecticide (preferably organic)
  • Sunscreen (preferably organic)
  • Vitamins and prescription drugs (in their original containers)


  • Camera, batteries, and sufficient memory!
  • Maps and guides (download offline maps to your smartphone)
  • Spanish phrasebook and dictionary or translation app for smartphone
  • The waterproof camera if you plan to go diving
  • Portable charger
  • Hand crank torch
  • Protective cover for your electrical devices that resists everything (sand, humidity, etc.)
  • Padlock
  • Travel alarm clock
  • A notebook and a pen
  • Cell phone and laptop (don’t forget chargers, adapters depending on the destination, extra batteries)


  • Bandages
  • Water purification tablets
  • Tablets for motion sickness
  • Tablets for diarrhea
  • The number one to plan: the anti-diarrhea.
  • Anti-vomiting.
  • And Cream to relieve mosquito bites.
  • Aspirin and dolipran

The miscellaneous equipment?

  • Mask and snorkel to enjoy the cenotes of Yucatán, swim with turtles in Akumal. If you have a Go Pro, this is your chance to use it.
  • If you are in a rental car, prepare a USB stick with your favorite music tracks, the road can be long.
  • A backpack to go to archaeological sites.
  • Provide an adapter for your phone and camera chargers. These are the same sockets as in the United States, (110volts, 2 flat plugs) it is also easy to find an adapter on site.


If you are traveling by plane, keep in mind that there are some things you may not be able to bring in your suitcase or backpack, such as excess liquids and sharp objects such as razors. So be sure to check the airline’s regulations for your luggage.

A lot of people assume that the weather in Mexico is hot all the time, but it is not. High altitude places such as Mexico City, Toluca, and San Cristobel de las Casas can be quite cold at certain times of the year.

Also find out if it’s the rainy season, in which case you may want to bring a rain jacket or umbrella.

In beach destinations, casual clothing is generally acceptable, while in colonial cities in Mexico, slightly more formal clothing is the norm. Also, don’t forget to check the safety aspects of your trip.

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